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Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2011

Strawberry Margaritas (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients

  • 6 lime wedges
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, partially thawed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 25 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Using lime wedges, moisten the rim of six glasses. Set limes aside for garnish.
  2. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.
  3. In a blender, combine the water, limeade concentrate, strawberries, ice cubes and remaining sugar; cover and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared glasses.
  5. Garnish with reserved limes.

Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

Fresh Lime Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 4 lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup gold tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups crushed ice

Directions

  • Using lime wedges, moisten rims of four glasses. Holding each glass upside down, dip rim into salt; set aside.
  • In a pitcher, combine the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve in prepared glasses over crushed ice. Yield: 4 servings.For Frozen Lime Margaritas: Reduce lemon and lime juices to 2 tablespoons each. Increase the superfine sugar to 1/4 cup and the crushed ice to 4 cups. Add 3/4 cup limeade concentrate.
  • Prepare glasses as directed. In a blender, combine the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice, limeade concentrate, superfine sugar and crushed ice; cover and process until smooth. Yield: 5 cups.
  • For Frozen Strawberry Margaritas: Follow directions for Frozen Lime Margaritas, except reduce crushed ice to 2 cups and add 2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries. Yield: 4 cups.

Frozen Lemon-Berry Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 4 lime wedges
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • 2/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup tequila, optional

Directions

  • Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside limes for garnish. Sprinkle coarse sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.
  • In a blender, combine the lemonade concentrate and raspberries; cover and process until blended. Press mixture through a fine sieve; discard seeds. Return raspberry mixture to blender; add the ice, strawberries, blueberries, sugar and tequila if desired. Cover and process until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with reserved limes. Yield: 4 servings.
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